Oldalképek
PDF
ePub

Modern Mephistopheles

AND

A Whisper In The Dark

By LOUISA M. ALCOTT

Author Of "moods;" "work, A Story Of Expbruncb;"
"little Women," Etc.

[graphic][merged small]

Copyright, 1877,1889
By Roberts Brothers

Copyright, 1905,
By John S. P. Alcott.

flrtitUtti
. J. Earkhill & Co., Boston, U.S.A.

uThe Indescribable,
Here it is done:
The Woman-Soul leadeth us
Upwardandon!"

Second Part of Faust.

A MODERN MEPHISTOPHELES.

I.

TIHTHOUT, a midwinter twilight, where * *wandering snowflakes eddied in the bitter wind between a leaden sky and frost-bound earth.

Within, a garret; gloomy, bare, and cold as the bleak night coming down.

A haggard youth knelt before a little furnace, kindling a fire, with an expression of quiet desperation on his face, which made the simple operation strange and solemn.

A pile of manuscript lay beside him, and in the hollow eyes that watched the white leaves burn was a tragic shadow, terrible to see,—for he was offering the first-born of heart and brain as sacrifice to a hard fate.

Slowly the charcoal caught and kindled, while a light smoke filled the room. Slowly the youth staggered up, and, gathering the torn

« ElőzőTovább »